Horse Shoe Layout

Horse Shoe Layout #1



Difficulty: Easy

The Horse Shoe is an old classic tarot layout. It is more advanced than the 3-card reading, yet simpler than most other layouts. It is a versatile method that can be used for most queries, though there are other layouts which would go into more depth. Like the simple Past, Present, and Future layout, it contains these cards in positions 1, 2, and 7, but also has 4 other cards that help the reader understand how to deal with the Future better. The cards are to be read as follows:

  1. The Past: This card represents past events that are affecting the question.
  2. The Present: This card represents the current state or immediately approaching influence.
  3. Hidden Influences: Things that you may not be aware of, or barely be aware of.
  4. Obstacles: This is the challenge. Obstacles might be avoided, or you may have to deal with them.
  5. External Influences: Attitudes and thoughts about this situation from people around the querent.
  6. Suggestions: Recommended course of action.
  7. The Final Outcome: This card represents what would happen if the suggestion is followed.









Your Horse Shoe Reading


Hidden Influences

  External Influences

The Present


The Past

  The Outcome






The Past Card represents past events that are affecting the question.



It is best to postpone your efforts to achieve them later, as they will not be successful yet. There will be great obstacles and destruction if you press forward. This would appear to be a negative sign, however works of destruction will have much success. Now may be a good time to organize your plans and develop new strategies for managing the tasks before you.





The Present Card represents the current state or immediately approaching influence.



Your world is about to become more harmonious. All the pieces will come together, and personal power will take form, leading to a hightened level of confidence. However, for this to occur you must be open to change and embrace new ideas.





Hidden Influences - Things that you may not be aware of, or barely be aware of.



This sign indicates a growth in popularity. There may be fighting, but you will be victorious. Fame may yield fast wealth or fortune in smaller scattered pieces. If dispelling ghosts, you will be successful if you offer small gifts such as tea.












Obstacle - This is the challenge.



There will be no results, as a dried-up tree produces no fruit. This sign indictates that your reach may have exceeded your grasp. The constantly afflicted mind cannot achieve its desires, and therefore continues to suffer. Too many, or too lofty wishes will not be fulfilled. This sign also suggests performing rituals to ancestors and earth spirits to rectify disturbances.





External Influences - Attitudes about this situation from people around the querent.



The time is at hand to pursue new ventures. Your wishes will be accomplished, exceeding all expectations. The study of logic will bear tremendous fruit, as would diligent meditation upon your special deity or spirit guide. Partnerships are extremely well-favored. Opportunities may seem too good to be true, but hear them out fully before ruling anything out.





Suggestion - The recommended course of action.



You have the opportunity before you to strengthen your spirit. It would be of great advantage to take this opportunity for spiritual growth, as these moments are fleeting and somewhat rare.





The Outcome - What will happen if the suggestion is followed.



A sign of good fortune, your plans will be fulfilled. There will be good news. However, other people's promises will bear no results. Trust your own feelings, thoughts and drives over those of the people around you. Only you are responsible for deciding the proper path for you, and right now advice from others may not be compatible with your plans.






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